Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Inaugration of the Concert Hall at Lazo Micev Rale Music School in Kavadarci

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Inaugration of the Concert Hall at  Lazo Micev Rale Music School in Kavadarci
Ribbon cutting event at the music school

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 21, 2018

USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Gretchen Birkle joined U.S. Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Eric Rice, Mayor of Kavadarci Mitko Jancev, representatives of USAID’s Youth Ethnic Integration project, and members of the Kavardaci business community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurating a new concert hall and marking the completion of Lazo Micev Rale Music School’s renovation. The concert hall and school renovation were financed jointly by USAID and the U.S. European Command in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Municipality of Kavadarci, and the local business community.

“I am proud of the robust partnership that has been established between the U.S. military, USAID, local governments, and communities to renovate schools. Through our partnership, the U.S. Department of Defense has invested over $1.5 million since 2011 to renovate 63 schools--including yours—while working with USAID and local communities to build ethnic cohesion in Macedonia,” Birkle said. “Children deserve a safe, welcoming school building, and I think with this renovation the children from the mincipality of Kavardaci now have that. We value your dedication and contribution and stand ready, as a partner, to provide assistance needed to reinforce an appreciation for diversity necessary in a multi-ethnic society.”

In his remarks, Mayor Jancev emphasized the importance of strengthening interethnic integration and civic values among young people, so that they can be active participants in their communities and build strong links with their peers from different background.

These renovations were funded through USAID’s Primary Education and Inter-ethnic Intregration projects supported by the U.S. European Command, both of which have now ended.  However, building on successes such as this, a new activity—the Youth Ethnic Integration project—will choose an additional 50 schools for renovation based on need and accomplishment in the area of ethnic integration and demonstrated civic skills and behaviors at the school and community level.  For more information on this new activity, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/macedonia/fact-sheets/youth-ethnic-integration-project.

NOTE TO EDITORS: The American people, through USAID, have invested more than $610 million in the country since 1993. USAID is working with the people of Macedonia to create jobs, strengthen democratic institutions and practices, enhance integrated education, and prepare students for the modern workforce. These initiatives, in partnership with the people of Macedonia, aim to improve the quality of life for Macedonia’s citizens. For more information please visit https://www.usaid.gov/macedonia and USAID’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/USAIDMacedonia.

Last updated: May 23, 2018

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